Juha Ilari Uitto

Juha Ilari Uitto

Juha Ilari Uitto

Juha Uitto is Director of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the Global Environment Facility since 2014. He has worked as an evaluator with the GEF and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1999, including as Deputy Director of the UNDP IEO from 2009 to 2014. He has conducted and managed many programmatic and thematic evaluations of international cooperation at the global, regional and country levels, in particular related to environmental management and poverty-environment linkages. He served as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) from 2009 to 2012 and again in 2014.

Juha's entire career has focused on environment and development, with earlier positions at the United Nations University (UNU), Nordic Africa Institute, and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He has worked as consultant in the field and held visiting positions at Rutgers University and Kyoto University. He was educated at the Universities of Helsinki and Lund, and holds a PhD in Social and Economic Geography.

Staff Publications


  • Transformational Change for People and the Planet ( ): Book
  • Environmental Evaluation and Global Development Institutions ( ): Book
  • Evaluating Environment in International Development ( ): Book
  • Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development ( ): Book


  • Confronting storms, fires, and pestilence: Meaningful evaluation for a hazardous world ( ): English244.43 KB
  • Surviving the Anthropocene: How evaluation can contribute to knowledge and better policymaking ( ): Article
  • Evaluating Environment in International Development - 2nd Edition ( ): English261.33 KB
  • Evaluation for the Anthropocene: Global environmental perspectives ( ): English93.5 KB
  • Local, National, Global: Evaluative Evidence of Scaling Up the SDGs ( ): English265.67 KB
  • Improving International Developme nt Evaluation through Geo spatial Data and Analysis ( ): English866.26 KB
  • Evaluation for Agenda 2030 - Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability ( ): English4.04 MB
  • UN Environment OurPlanet Magazine ( ): English4.89 MB
  • Book Launch: Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development ( ): English5.92 MB
  • Evaluating Carbon Sequestration ( ): English384.18 KB
  • The Environment-poverty Nexus in Evaluation: Implications for the Sustainable Development Goals ( ): English302.27 KB
  • Progress and challenges to evaluate environmental and climate change policies ( ): English443.91 KB
  • Evaluating the Environment as a Global Public Good ( ): English505.45 KB
  • From MDGs to SDGs - Evaluating Global Environmental Benefits ( ): English9.64 MB
  • Beyond Outputs: Pathways to Symmetrical Evaluations of University Sustainable Development Partnerships ( ): English228.69 KB
  • Making M&E More Impact oriented: Illustration from the UN ( ): English145.96 KB


  • There is no one solution to climate safe future ( ): Blog
  • Integrating environmental and social impact into evaluations ( ): Blog
  • Evaluation in the time of pandemic ( ): Blog
  • Towards evaluation for a sustainable and just future ( ): Blog
  • Evaluation must rise to the challenge of pandemic in the nexus of nature and humanity ( ): Blog
  • Evaluating environmental peacebuilding: Difficult but necessary ( ): Blog